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Dr. Peter Y. De Jong

By the time this issue reaches you Dr. Peter Y. De Jong, charter member of the Reformed Fellowship, Inc., will be sailing to south India. Dr. De Jong has accepted a call to serve in the Mysore-Bellary area as a missionary for the Christian Reformed church. The decision to heed the missionary call involved a […]

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Defining Missions Theocentrically

The late professor Samuel Volbeda taught a course entitled the Biblical Doctrine of Missions at Calvin Seminary before the school had a missions department or a full time professor of missions. The heart of Volbeda’s course was his theocentric definition of missions, Everything else he taught sprang from this definition.* With its heavy English and one-sentence, […]

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Clinton & Gore and Madonna & Donahue

The torch may have indeed been passed to a new generation, but the light has gone out on the social and moral issues that are the heart of our nation. “We are the children of the modern age.” said Vice President-elect Al Gore on election night. Who are these “children” now poised to take over […]

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Taking Satan Seriously

There is a growing interest in the subject of satanism and demonology throughout Western society. This can be easily confirmed by checking on the books in the average bookstore. In part the interest in Satan is connected with the New Age movement with its teaching about channeling and other occult practices. This interest is seen […]

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Confronting the Roaring Lion

We observed last month that during most of the 20th century the existence of Satan and demons was not taken seriously. Liberals regarded the subject as mythological; and conservatives, while not removing Satan and demons from among their official beliefs, did not do much with the whole idea. But recently the situation has changed and […]

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How Should Missionaries Be Supported?

Every overseas mission agency I know, denominational or non-denominational, is finding it harder to raise missionary support. Part of this is due to the recession. The recession provoked a crisis that all churches and mission organizations now feel. Besides the recession, other factors make missionary support more difficult. People who traditionally supported missions are getting […]

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The Religion of Gravestones

The contrast between pagan and Christian views of life and death becomes immediately clear and dramatic when you examine ancient gravestones. Archeologists investigating ancient Roman cemeteries regularly unearthed pagan graves bearing an inscription they did not at first understand. The inscriptions consisted of seven letters, NFFNSNC. Investigations uncovered the meaning of the seven mysterious letters. They […]

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The Christian Mind

During the early fifties, I read a pamphlet by Roland Allen, a British missionary with long years of experience in the Far East, dealing with education in the mission field. In his critique of educating children of unbelievers in mission schools, he wrote: Christian education is far more the teaching of Christians than teaching given […]

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A Rwandan Experience

Rwanda, a small country in central Africa between Zaire and Tanzania, is the size of Vermont. Before the war there was a population of 8,500,000 making it the most densely populated country in Africa. A century ago the original inhabitants of Rwanda were the Twa pygmies who were gradually displaced by the Hutu tribes people and […]

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A Lifestyle for Others

One of the most awkward moments my wife and I experienced as missionaries occurred in Sri Lanka when our baggage arrived from America. A dock workers’ strike had prevented our things from arriving for nearly four months, and it meant that we had to furnish our house and get along entirely with local items. In […]

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